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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Martial and Son, Costa and Valbuena

In this week’s football review we welcome Martial and Son to the Premier League, are amazed at Diego Costa and sympathise with Valbuena. To help with understanding you can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.[print_link] | Subscribe: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This week’s football review -The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Martial and Son, Costa and Valbuena


Anthony Martial and Son Hueng-Min are two young players that have only recently joined their respective clubs but already they are making their mark. United forward Martial scored against Liverpool last week and then added a brace at the weekend away at Southampton to help his side take all three points, while Spurs’ Korean striker Son added to his two-goal Europa League haul by scoring the winner against Crystal Palace at the weekend. Both players have already settled in and look like good business indeed.


Chelsea striker Diego Costa was up to his old tricks again as he was involved with Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel in an off-the-ball incident that lead to the Arsenal player receiving his marching orders.


There were ugly scenes at Mareille as their former player Mathieu Valbuena returned to the club for Lyon at the weekend. He had played at the south-coast club in France for eight seasons before leaving for Russian football last season and then transferring to Lyon a month ago. The reception was a hostile one and the game was held up for over 20 minutes as fans threw objects on to the pitch when Valbuena attempted to take a corner. Ugly scenes indeed.


respective clubs: Each others’ clubs

they are making their mark: They have started well; they are looking good

added a brace: Scored twice

haul: Total

was up to his old tricks again: He is known for his bad behaviour

off-the-ball incident: Away from the referee’s view

receiving his marching orders: Was sent off

a hostile one: A very aggressive atmosphere


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